Another Kiwi partnership for the record books

19:20, Feb 17 2014
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India's Ishant Sharma bowls during day one of the second international test cricket match against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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India's players celebrate around New Zealand's Kane Williamson (C) during day one of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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India's Ishant Sharma falls over playing a shot during the first innings on day two of the second international test cricket match against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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India's Ajinkya Rahane (L) and New Zealand's Trent Boult (C) watch Ravindra Jadeja's (R) shot during the first innings on day two of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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India's Ajinkya Rahane signals his century against New Zealand during the first innings on day two of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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New Zealand's BJ Watling makes his ground during the second innings on day three of the second international test cricket match against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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India's Zaheer Khan (L) bowls to New Zealand's Brendon McCullum (unseen) during the second innings on day four of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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New Zealand's Brendon McCullum plays a shot against India during the second innings on day four of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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Zaheer Khan of India (L) celebrates his wicket of Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand (R) during day three of the 2nd Test match between New Zealand and India at the Basin Reserve.
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Ravindra Jadeja of India appeals during day three of the 2nd Test match between New Zealand and India at the Basin Reserve.
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Brendon McCullum of New Zealand ducks under a bouncer during day four of the 2nd Test match between New Zealand and India.
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BJ Watling of New Zealand remains watchful during his innings on day four of the 2nd Test match between New Zealand and India.
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BJ Watling of New Zealand celebrates his century during the second innings on day four of the second international test cricket against India.
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Brendon McCullum of New Zealand acknowledges the crowd in celebration of his double century.
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Brendon McCullum acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field at the end of play on day four.
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New Zealand's Brendon McCullum acknowledges his 200 against India during the second innings on day four of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve.
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New Zealand's BJ Watling (R) and India's Shikhar Dhawan (L) and MS Dhoni watch the ball during the second innings on day four of their second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve.
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New Zealand's Brendon McCullum plays a shot against India during the second innings on day four of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve.
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BJ Watling celebrates his century on Day 4 of the 2nd cricket test match at The Hawkins Basin Reserve. Wellington.
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BJ Watling ducks a bouncer on Day 4 of the 2nd cricket test match at The Hawkins Basin Reserve.
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Brendon McCullum ducks a bouncer on Day 4 of the 2nd cricket test match at The Hawkins Basin Reserve.
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BJ Watling on Day 4 of the 2nd cricket test match at The Hawkins Basin Reserve. Wellington.
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Brendon McCullum's father watches the match on Day 4 of the 2nd cricket test match at The Hawkins Basin Reserve.
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Brendon McCullum at the end of the days play as Shikhar Dhawan congratulates him on Day 4 of the 2nd cricket test match at The Hawkins Basin Reserve.
McCullum the man
McCullum becomes the first New Zealander to score a Test Match triple century.

It looked like a timely memento for a while there.

As the reunion of the 1992 New Zealand World Cup team lurched into its third day, Andrew Jones' longtime partner Amanda lingered in the foyer of the RA Vance Stand taking photos.

Long after Jones had stopped calling the Basin Reserve home, a display had been mounted on the wall celebrating the day in 1991 when Jones and Martin Crowe made cricket history. The two then-Wellington players defied Sri Lanka, and the record books, to post the highest partnership for any wicket in test cricket history.

If that's not worthy of a snap to show the grandkids one day, then nothing is.

Their record of 467 stood for more than six years, until Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama went past them. Their fellow Sri Lankans, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, eventually did better still, but Jones and Crowe's partnerships still sits third all-time, as well as comfortably being the most runs any New Zealand pair have put on.

But it was under threat yesterday, as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling set a slew of new marks for this that and the other thing. Not that either of the batsmen looked too fussed at the time, or at stumps, having eventually combined for 352, which is now the highest sixth-wicket partnership in test history.

"No, I wasn't really thinking about records, to be fair. The [ground] announcer said a few things but nah, you're just trying to bat each ball," Watling said afterwards.

It wasn't only the size of McCullum and Watling's mounting partnership that had you thinking of Crowe and Jones, but the scenario too.

Back in 1991 New Zealand had been bowled out for 174, before an Aravinda de Silva-inspired Sri Lanka replied with 497. Miles behind, New Zealand's only option was to try and bat out the game, no matter how improbable that might be.

Crowe, as everyone remembers, was dismissed for 299 late on the last day and the game immediately called off.

Where this match differs is that all three results will still be possible when McCullum comes back out this morning on 281. New Zealand looked dead once India led by 246 after the first innings and then reduced the hosts to 94-5 second time round.

But test cricket's capacity to surprise is one of its innate charms and a draw or win for the Black Caps in this match would certainly rank as one of the most amazing comebacks in New Zealand cricket history.

There might even be a plaque to commemorate it, one day.

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